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China is Buying More Agricultural Products From Africa, But There Is Still a Lot of Room For Growth

Chinese consumers can now buy Kenyan coffee, tea, and avocados — all shipped tariff-free. The latest data show that China is buying more agricultural products from Africa, but for all the Kenyan farm produce heading east, Chinese garlic and fish are also increasingly heading in the opposite ...

Three Chinese Warships Make a Port of Call in Tanzania

A trio of PLA Navy warships arrived in Tanzania over the weekend for a five-day port of call. The ships are part of the 45th Naval Taskforce, which takes part in multinational anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.

Chinese Firm Wins Contract to Build New Sports Stadium in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government awarded China Railway Construction Engineering Group a $113 million contract to build a new soccer stadium in the northern city of Arusha. The stadium will be used for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals. While China has ...

China Proposes Billion-Dollar Revamp of the Legendary Tazara Railway

The competition between the United States and China to refurbish some of Africa's decrepit railways intensified this week when the Chinese government presented a billion-dollar proposal to rebuild the Tazara railway linking Zambia's copperbelt to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. ...

Dar es Salaam and Shaanxi Now Sister Regions

China’s Shaanxi Province signed an agreement with Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam district to explore joint investment opportunities. The agreement further underlines a key trend in Africa-China relations: the growing role of Chinese provinces in driving Chinese trade and investment in Africa. Sister ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Inside the Chinese-Built Party School in Tanzania

When Tanzania’s Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, which was built and financed by China was launched in 2022, it drew a lot of attention. It's an academy aimed at training officials from Southern Africa’s six ruling liberation movements, a group ...

Truckers Strike Paralyzes Chinese Copper/Cobalt Shipments From the DR Congo

Truckers in the DR Congo have brought the all-important copper and cobalt trade to a standstill over their refusal to drive unless logistics firms pay an additional $700 risk allowance fee. The strike that began late last month has now ...

Zambia, DRC to Build New Road to Expedite Copper/Cobalt Exports Via Tanzania

Zambia's Hakainde Hichilema and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Félix Tshisekedi laid the foundation stone for a new 345-meter bridge over the Luapula River that divides their two countries as part of an ambitious new road project that will make it a lot easier to transport copper ...

New “Chinese Savior” Medical Drama Set in Africa Now Streaming

A new big-budget Chinese medical drama set in a fictitious African country was released this week on major Chinese streaming platforms, the latest installment in the burgeoning genre of "Chinese savior" narratives. "Welcome to Milele Village" is a series that focuses ...

TRANSLATION: Africa Is Not Paradise for Chinese Bosses

There’s been a recent flurry of posts on WeChat from various accounts in different countries that tout the enormous opportunities available for Chinese entrepreneurs on the continent. Some of these accounts are either directly or indirectly affiliated with various Chinese government agencies and appear intended to encourage ...
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